Beautiful Gate’s Youth Resource Centre sees over 1000 high school learners and out of school youth each year. Most attend the Centre to use the computer and internet facilities to do homework, research study and career opportunities and apply to colleges and universities. Others come looking for employment opportunities and internships to help them get into the ever increasingly competitive job market. Last year we launched a pilot project with grade 11 learners to focus on supporting a group of achieving Science and Maths students from New Eisleben High School. By providing Career Guidance, Life Skills and Digital Training we hope to be able to mentor these young learners to discover their career path and assist them through successful application to College or University. Yet one essential intervention was lacking; tutoring support.
In 2015, we finally found a partner to help us fill this all important gap – Teach Out.
Teach Out is a project under Ubunye and associated with the University of Cape Town. TeachOut aims to harness the experience and expertise of UCT students to provide academic assistance to high school learners in Cape Town’s disadvantaged communities. They achieve their mission by running after-school and Saturday tutorials in various academic subjects. The aim of these tutorials is not to replace classroom teaching, but rather to offer their skills and resources to provide academic assistance from students to students. This helps learners to build confidence and to identify and correct gaps in their knowledge.
With focus subjects being English, Functional English, Physical Science, Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy, Teach Out is the ideal partner to help learners accessing the Beautiful Gate Youth Empowerment Programme to succeed academically.
Our sincere thanks appreciation to Sarah Palser, Ruth Brain and Sethu Mbuli for helping us establish this vital partnership. We look forward to seeing the impact it will have on the success of our learners!
This article first appeared as part of our April 2015 newsletter. Read the full newsletter here.
Welcome to a window into the lives and issues facing children in the Crossroads community on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Most of these stories centre around the children and families we work with at Beautiful Gate South Africa, a Christian non-profit organisation whose mission is to show God's love as we care for and protect children, empower and preserve families and mobilise our community to do the same.